A family performance and a Shakespeare classic in the open-air, performed by well-known and well-loved British open-air theatre company ILLYRIA
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves! (5+)
Adapted by Oliver Gray
Adapted from One Thousand and One Nights (otherwise known as the Arabian Nights). Like all the stories in this towering literary classic, it is packed with cliff-hangers, larger-than-life characters, and laughs galore. Young Ali Baba stumbles across an enchanted cave when he overhears the magic words that open it: “Open Sesame!”. Inside the cave he finds untold amounts of gold and jewels, and takes some of it home… but when the Robber King comes looking for the missing treasure supported by an army of 40 angry thieves – will he and his family survive?
The show is notable for a scene where one character polishes off most of the thieves – 37 to be precise, and you can count each one – with a cast of just five of the most hardworking actors in the business!
Illyria was the first company to tour children’s theatre on this scale in the open-air touring sector. Now in their 28th season, they return with one of their most popular ever shows: the perfect summer fun for thieves and vagabonds aged 5+!
The magician Prospero is marooned on an island with his daughter Miranda. With the assistance of Ariel, a powerful air spirit he keeps in servitude, he conjures up a storm to shipwreck his enemies on the shore of the island. Inexorably they are driven towards the centre of the island to answer to Prospero, until Prospero learns that Miranda has met and fallen in love with Ferdinand, the son of his enemy. What will be greater? His thirst for revenge or his aptitude for forgiveness?
The play, believed to be the last that Shakespeare wrote single-handedly, is lyrical, thought-provoking and raucously funny. More than 400 years after it was written it still has the capacity to surprise!